Older vehicles face £10 'toxicity' charge in central London

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2017

London's new T-Charge, which will be paid by drivers of the most polluting vehicles entering central London, will go live on October 23 this year, Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed today.

He said the T-charge was the "toughest emission standard of any major city" and was overwhelmingly backed by Londoners because they wanted immediate action to tackle air pollution.

Air pollution is a major health concern in London, as well as numerous United Kingdom cities, with more than 9,000 Londoners dying prematurely due to long-term exposure to high levels of pollutants.

It will operate on top of, and during the same times, as the congestion charge, meaning it will cost £21.50 a day to drive a pre-Euro 4 vehicle in centre London between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

It is expected that the "T-Charge" will apply to as many as 10,000 of the oldest and most polluting vehicles that use central London's roads every weekday.

Days after the European Commission issued a "final warning" to Britain and four other countries to address breaches of nitrogen dioxide pollution limits, London mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday announced a new £10 charge to deal with the crisis in the metropolis.

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The crack-down is set to be the toughest emission standard of any world city, affecting the vast majority of pre-2006 vehicles.

"I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air".

Consumers and businesses hit by the charges can also apply for various Plug-in grants, which run to 2018 and offer up to £4,500 towards the cleanest new cars and up to £20,000 for fully-electric vans.

Khan is proposing to introduce the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone a year earlier than planned in 2019, and extend it beyond central London from 2020 onwards to the North and South Circular. "But now is the time for Government to show real leadership and join me by introducing a diesel scrappage fund and bring in the new Clean Air Act we desperately need".

"Under assessment by his own people, the mayor's flagship air pollution policy is predicted to have only a "negligible" impact on air quality, reducing poisonous NOx gasses by just 1-3%", Mr Bailey said.

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